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Lower Speed Limits for Schools and Residential Streets

Subject: We did it! Ontario to lower speed limits in school zones and residential streets
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 18:52:15 +0000
From: Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Constituency Office) <ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org>

Dear friends,

As you know, our community has been advocating for some time to lower speed limits on Ottawa’s residential streets and in our schools zones. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to have safe streets, which is why I made lowering speed limits part of my 2014 campaign https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udOCQhgE5Ng.

This morning, I was very excited to join Premier Kathleen Wynne at Elmdale Public School to announce new legislation that will make our communities and school zones safer. If passed, the legislation would give municipalities more tools to improve safety in community safety areas, school zones, and residential streets.

These measures would include:

  • Automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology on municipal roads, which takes pictures of speeders’ licence plates and is already used in many parts of North America and Europe, and for community safety zones and school zones;
  • The ability to create zones with reduced speed limits to decrease the severity of pedestrian-vehicle collisions in urban areas; and,
  • A streamlined process for municipalities to participate in Ontario’s Red Light Camera program without the need for lengthy regulatory approval.

For more information, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2016/11/making-communities-and-school-zones-safer.html

I am very proud of our community for championing this important initiative to keep our streets and schools safe for children, pedestrians and cyclists all across the province. I would like to personally thank you for your hard work and determination.

What we have achieved today will help keep our kids safe and kids right across the province.

Yasir

Yasir Naqvi, MPP
Ottawa Centre

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